Husband and wife Cameron and Minta Burke told the news station they were asked to remove the cake because it constituted a security risk.
As first reported by the Daily News over the weekend, the family from New Jersey got kicked off a flight from JFK to Las Vegas on May 3rd, allegedly because of a cake they carried on with them.
Cameron said the flight attendant's behavior seemed off and he asked her if she had been drinking.
"She said I was being non-compliant", Cameron said.
The airline did confirm that the incident took place May 3 on Flight 611 that was bound for Las Vegas from JFK International Airport in NY.
But the mood quickly turned sour for the family when they got into a dispute with the flight attendants over the proper placement of the cake and were then asked to leave the flight.
According to JetBlue, the Burke family was the one at fault for refusing several times to move the birthday cake from the compartment that was designated for safety and emergency equipment.
A video clip from the incident shows that the Burkes were forced off the plane even after Port Authority officers showed up at the scene and saw "no wrongdoing" on their part. He said once they boarded the plane his family got a surprise, but it was not the good one that he had planned. "They're confused not knowing what's going on - they were traumatized", Minta Burke said to WABC-TV.
The couple approached the attendants and said all was fine but the second attendant said what the two were discussing did not have anything to do with them. And of course, Port Authority police officers were called.
An officer says in the video that the Burkes did not do anything wrong, and that "no one is in trouble".
JetBlue said that cakes are OK to bring on board as a "personal item" as long as they are within size limits.
JetBlue issued a statement with a decidedly different version of events.
"I want the flight attendant fired, she has no business serving the public", he said, vowing to pursue legal action.
Another crewmember then asked Burke, his wife, and two small children to exit the plane. The family reportedly plans to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
"The video circulating does not depict the entire incident and only starts after the objectionable behavior occurred and law enforcement were called", an airline spokesperson told HuffPost. "I hope JetBlue will retrain their staff and recreate the culture I once loved".
Now JetBlue Airways is involved in another passenger-crew incident, and the trigger was, of all things, a buttercream birthday cake.